SUZUKI STRUGGLES ON CRASH-STREWN SATURDAY AT MISANO

Emilia-Romagna GP - Day 2 Report

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SUZUKI STRUGGLES ON CRASH-STREWN SATURDAY AT MISANO

Team Suzuki Press Office – October 23rd

Grid positions for EmiliaRomagnaGP:

Alex Rins: 13th – 1’34.418
Joan Mir: 18th –  1’35.683


It was a very damp and misty start to Saturday at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Italy’s north-east coast, making it difficult for anyone for improve early in FP3. Joan Mir was one of the first riders to bring his lap time down as he moved into the Top 10 with 6th using the medium-soft combination. A short while later he had claimed the top spot. Alex Rins was also trying to improve but a crash at Turn 13 cost him the chance to move up the time sheet. Despite his early form, and being quickest through sector 1, Mir finished FP3 in 12th while Rins was 21st.


FP4 proved to be the toughest session of the day for all the MotoGP™ riders with a rapidly drying track forcing the decision between full wets and slicks. The standing water had cleared but temperatures were still low, this resulted in 8 crashes over the course of the 30 minute session. Joan Mir was one of these unfortunate fallers, at Turn 15.

Q1 was a highly competitive session with several top riders all battling it out for the top two places. Both Team Suzuki Ecstar’s riders opted for a ‘no stop strategy’ and chose the soft-soft slick combination. They proceeded to set a string of five fast laps in a row, always within the Top 5 riders. Mir’s last flying lap was caught by yellow flags and he then fell at the final corner. Rins moved into 2nd on his penultimate flying lap but was soon knocked to 4th, however, he later moved to 3rd after a yellow flag infringement from Fabio Quartararo. The GSX-RR riders will therefore start from 13th and 19th on tomorrow’s grid. Luckily, both were uninjured during their crashes.

We already know what our set-up and tyres will be thanks to the data we collected in the test and the race here last month.- Alex Rins

Alex Rins
“I was really close to getting into Q2, but unfortunately I’ll start the race from P13. Let’s see, because tomorrow will be very different; the last couple of days we’ve been riding in difficult conditions and it will be fully dry and hopefully sunny tomorrow. I had a nasty crash this morning in FP3 but luckily I’m OK and ready to push tomorrow and enjoy a nice race. Today has been very hard for everyone with a lot of crashes, and tomorrow should hopefully be easier. We already know what our set-up and tyres will be thanks to the data we collected in the test and the race here last month.”

Joan Mir
“In this world when something goes wrong, everything goes wrong – today was not our day! In FP3 I was quite competitive in wet conditions but like yesterday, as the track was getting drier I found it harder and harder to get the feeling with the slick. I crashed in FP4 and in Q1 because the conditions were tough and I couldn’t capture the right feeling with the tyre. The track was getting better towards the end of the day, and tomorrow is supposed to be dry, so I’m hoping to do a good job even from a low grid position.”

Tomorrow is supposed to be dry, so I’m hoping to do a good job even from a low grid position.- Joan Mir

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
“This morning we felt quite confident, but the weather quickly changed that and both Joan and Alex struggled, they couldn’t make it into Q2. We did our best to recover and improve but the conditions were very difficult and in the end we have not qualified well, despite the riders feeling better at the end of Q1. Tomorrow we hope to gain as many places as possible.”

SUZUKI STRUGGLES ON CRASH-STREWN SATURDAY AT MISANO

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